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Oklahoma State University

United States


A five-campus institution, Oklahoma State University (OSU) is a top public university which offers over 300 programs both on-campus and online.

Over 35,000 students from more than 100 countries are enrolled at OSU, creating a vibrant and inclusive learning environment.

The institution is renowned for its teaching, research, and sustainability work. It was recently ranked 8th in the U.S by the Times Higher Education's 2021 impact rankings, which assesses progress made towards the United Nation's sustainable development goals.

Founded in 1890, the university is an established and top-tier land-grant institution. Accessibility to education is a primary focus for OSU, so the student-teacher ratio is 20:1, so academic support is easily available and personable.

Rated amongst the top 25 best online colleges in the U.S, ( 2020), it provides comprehensive and modern facilities across its multiple campuses. This includes its Edmon Low library, which is one of the top 100 academic research libraries in the U.S.

The university boasts a large alumni network with over 264,000 members. Successful OSU alumni includes country singer Garth Brooks, renowned attorney Anita Hill, and NFL player Barry Sanders.

Outside of academic learning, the university has the largest students' union in Canada. It runs over 500 clubs and societies across a range of interests, including 14 varsity teams.

The campuses are all located in Stillwater, which is in North East Oklahoma. A well-loved location, Stillwater was ranked sixth on The South's Friendliest Cities list (Southern Living 2018).

Ranked one of the best college towns to start a career, the campus is just 60 miles from both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Travel between the city and campuses using community buses and transit are free for OSU students and staff. The bustling city of Dallas is also just four hours away, and Stillwater Regional Airport is only six minutes away from campus.

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What's new

What's new


Oklahoma State University has recently been ranked 8th in the U.S by the Times Higher Education's 2021 impact rankings. Also ranked 85th out of 1,115 institutions worldwide, this is global recognition that the university is successfully working on sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations.

Its Center for Health Sciences has been recognized as one of the best medical schools in the U.S (U.S. News and World Report 2021). Placing in the top 10 schools for serving medically needy and rural areas, its rankings include:

  • 7th for health professional shortage areas
  • 10th for rural care
  • 13th in diversity

Several of its online programs have also been recognized amongst the nation's best by U.S. News and World Report's 2021 Best Online Programs ranking. This includes the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Library expansion

The university's partnership with a private university has created a new interlibrary loan service.

Oklahoma State and Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla, a private institution in Mexico, has been sharing student exchanges, dual degree programs and faculty collaborations for several years.

The new loan service means staff and students from both universities can borrow digital resources from each other.

Mental health

To improve mental health resources on campus, the university has joined up with the JED Foundation. A four-year partnership, it will help OSU develop their mental health programs, policies and services.

The OSU Center for Health Sciences Department of Wellness has also launched a new mental health initiative. The online platform shares resources, self-help modules and has expanded mental health services for students both on and off-campus.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Oklahoma State University's teaching quality has been internationally recognized across multiple prestigious rankings. This includes:

  • Top college in Oklahoma (Top Colleges: Online Colleges)
  • Top 10 honors college (Inside Honors 2018-2019)
  • Top 50 best graduate schools (U.S. News and World Report's 2021)
  • 8th in the U.S and 85th worldwide for impact rankings (Times Higher Education's 2021)
  • Top 25 best online colleges in the U.S ( 2020)

U.S. News and World Report's 2021 has placed OSU within the top 100 of its best college rankings. It also recognised the institution in the categories of best undergraduate business programs, best undergraduate engineering programs and top public schools. It also rated the university's Center for Health Sciences as one of the nation's best medical schools.

The university's diverse teaching team is made up of 70 student, faculty and staff organizations. The institution's student to faculty ratio is 20:1, so learning and support is personal, practical, and relevant to student's career goals, preparing them for success.

Taught by passionate industry leaders, courses are designed to teach and develop a range of skills, including analysis, communication, critical thinking and leadership. Right from the first year, students can also take part in hands-on research opportunities to gain more experience, enhance skills and explore new interests.

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Department structure

Department structure

A top tier institution, OSU has five academic colleges, a veterinary school and an osteopathic medical school. It offers over 200 undergraduate programs, 79 master's and 45 doctoral programs both on-campus and online.

Ferguson College of Agriculture

Hands-on learning which provides research opportunities across a variety of agricultural areas.

Several of its programs are professionally accredited including agricultural education, forestry, landscape architecture and landscape management.

College of Arts and Sciences

The largest and most diverse college, it has 24 academic departments and over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. It focuses on the areas of arts, humanities, social sciences, maths and natural sciences. Preparing students for the workplace, the college also offers study abroad and internship opportunities.

College of Education and Human Sciences

This new college combines programs of education, health, aviation and human sciences. It offers over 100 programs and houses 22 centers, clinics and labs for practical learning.

College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology

The biggest college of its kind in the state, it teaches nationally recognized programs. Modern facilities in this college includes a Endeavor Lab where students can practice and apply classroom theory.

School of Global Studies and Partnerships

A strategic and administrative hub for the university's global engagement. Provides information, support, and development for international projects for OSU staff and students.

Spears School of Business

Boasts a range of centers and institutes, providing unique opportunities to work alongside faculty in a practical environment.

Its programs are accredited by the AACSB International, the highest standard for quality in business education. The school is also ranked in the top five per cent of global institutions offering business degrees. 94 per cent of its students are employed or in further study within three months of graduation.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Each program at Oklahoma State has unique entry requirements.

Because its courses are taught in English, international applicants need to meet specific English language proficiency requirements. The university accepts iBT TOEFL and IELTS tests, with the following minimum scores:

  • iBT TOEFL – 61 or higher
  • IELTS - 5.5 or higher

As well as these test scores, international students will be required to submit the following as part of their application to OSU:

  • USD 90 application fee
  • College transcript from any institution (if college credit has been achieved)
  • Completed online application
  • Copy of the identification page of a passport
  • Official high school transcripts with GPA minimum average of 3.0 (or equivalent)
  • Financial guarantee document

All submitted transcripts need to be in the original language of the institution who awarded it, as well as translated into English.

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Oklahoma State has several libraries on campus, including subject-specific branches. This includes:

  • Architecture library
  • College of Veterinary Medicine library
  • Education and teaching library

Ranked as one of the top 100 academic research libraries in the U.S, the university's main Edmon Low library houses an extensive collection of resources and several support services. Staffed by subject-specific librarians, its facilities include:

  • 3D printers
  • Math Learning Resource Center
  • Quiet areas
  • Research and subject guides
  • Study rooms for individuals and groups
  • Workshops
  • Writing Center

There are 31 residential halls on campus, and accommodation options include halls, suites, deluxe suites and apartments. Students can select to live with peers on the same course or with similar interests.

Outside of lectures, students have over 500 clubs and organizations across an extensive range of interests and topics to choose from, including over 35 sports clubs.

There are 30 dining options on campus, with a range of cuisines available on a flexible meal plan. Eateries include cafeterias, convenience stores, franchises, and restaurants which cater for a variety of dietary requirements.

The university has been listed amongst 26 national universities for its high-quality fitness facilities, as well as medical and mental health services ( Its Colvin Recreation Center has recently undergone a USD 20 million investment and boasts 240,000 sq. feet of recreational facilities. This includes:

  • 10 basketball courts
  • Two cardio theater rooms
  • Two dance studios
  • Indoor track
  • Three multi-purpose fitness rooms
  • Putting green and two golf simulators
  • Eight racket ball courts
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Weight areas

Further health and wellbeing facilities can be found at the Seretean Wellness Center. This boasts a full kitchen for cooking classes, personal training sessions, massage therapy rooms, group fitness rooms, cardio rooms, counselling rooms, as well as a training and testing center.

The Department of Wellness also provides high-quality facilities including fitness centers, game rooms and a sand volleyball court.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Tuition costs and general fees at Oklahoma State are 69 per cent of the national average for land-grant institutions, and cost of attendance is 78 per cent of the national average. Since 2000, the university has been consistently named in Kiplinger's personal finance list for best college value.

The range of scholarships and funding provided by the university further help to make it an affordable institution for students to attend. Almost 50 per cent of its students graduate with no debt, with the average debt being USD 22,591, which is below the national average.

International students are eligible for a range of scholarships, varying between USD 4,000 – 10,000 per academic year. No additional application for scholarships is required, as international students are automatically considered when they apply for admission to OSU.

Scholarships provided by the university include the International Achievement Freshman Scholarship and International Transfer Achievement Scholarship. Both are based on English language test scores, SAT scores and GPA scores, and award recipients with a partial tuition fee waiver.

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is based on whether a parent or grandparent graduated from OSU and awards a partial tuition waiver. Students are required to submit a form to be eligible for this scholarship.

Students are also considered for several competitive academic scholarships. Awards and requirements are unique to each academic college, and are usually assessed on academic test results, community engagement, essay responses, interviews, and auditions.

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International students

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